Through and through. Through and through. Our job is to trust. And keep looking to Him. It’s that clear and when we do this, we find peace.
I Was one of many to know the pain and loooong aftermath that comes with that experience. What comes next after bullying is maybe the harder battle.
But God has done much. He has brought me through and through…Much. I have learned where I am to take refuge. I have learned where to run to…the right and healthy place to run to.
This blog today is short and simple, but I pray…my prayer is that this brings encouragement to every person reading this ….because in my life of 23 yrs, looking back, I am now able to see some things that God has brought me through and through, time after time. As long as it takes, His heart stays willing to keep making the way for us.
A few months ago, I went to a meeting with many…well, hundreds of young people in one big room…and old feelings and flashbacks crept back in my mind, but that night when I laid in bed, God gave comfort and met me where I was.
He gently Silenced my thoughts.
In my journal, I wrote:
“…But tonight as I lay in bed God reassures me, that ‘He will bring us all the way through. Through and through.’ Our job is to trust Him. And keep looking to Him. It’s just that simple.”
And tonight, as I write this out, this is still, TRUE.
Through it all, God is refining us.
Refining. Redesigning. Making whole what was broken, misused, talked down to, over and over; as long as it takes. That’s us. That’s how great our God is.
Refine: it’s definition is : to remove impurities or unwanted elements from (a substance)
Synonyms for the word are: to purify, to treat, to perfect and polish.
I would add to that list: to care for, to invest time in, to see deep value in the end product)
That’s us. God desires to remove all the ugliness and the unwanted things that have happened and have been spoken to us… actions done to us and words spoken over us were NEVER Meant to define us. HE is the only One who is Worthy, and well-Worthy of defining us.—-So now, HE is refining us and we can take shelter and let Him. We have to let him do what He must. …and that’s where trust comes in.
It’s all for our good. The testing, the trusting, and… the Refining. And he doesn’t leave us for one moment, not a second. If only we could just remember that and tie that around our neck like a treasure of gold.
Psalm 12:6: “The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.”
Another translation says, “The Lord’s promises are pure..”
What does He promise us?
What does His word say?
1 Peter 1:3-9: “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.
5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
6 So be truly glad.[b] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.
So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.”
What does HE promise us?—-He promises mercy, protection, salvation, new life given, being kept by Him, wonderful joy, an undefiled inheritance, strengthened faith, a reward for our trust….. and this is only 1 PASSAGE from His word. There’s so much more for us to read and make a part of Who He is making to be. He will bring us all the way through. Through and through.
You may not be there yet.
But HE Will.
His hand is Not too short. His eyes are Not closed. He is Not sleeping.
He will bring us all the way through.